Ancient Albatross Award

The Ancient Albatross Officer Award (Aviator) was instituted in ’66 to honor the Coast Guard Aviator on active duty holding the earliest designation in recognition of clear defiance of the private realm of the albatross and all it seabird kin while in pursuit of the time-honored Coast Guard duties.

The Ancient Albatross Officer award is sponsored by Airbus Group and Sikorsky Aircraft

Awards Photo Gallery


VADM Wililam D. Shields 30 Dec 1965
RADM Charles Tighe 27 Aug 1966
ADM Chester R. Bender 28 Aug 1970
CDR Walter R. Goldhammer 01 June 1974
RADM Chester. A. Richmond, Jr. 01 July 1975
ADCMAP John P. Greathouse 01 July 1977
CAPT William D. Harvey   23 Feb 1979
VADM Charles E. Larkin 05 Sept 1979
RADM Frederick P. Schubert   31 July 1984
VADM Donald C. Thompson   24 May 1985
RADM Edward Nelson, Jr.   08 June 1988
VADM Clyde E. Robbins 19 May 1989
VADM Howard B. Thorsen 05 June 1990
RADM George D. Passmore 27 June 1991
RADM Thomas T. Matteson   05 June 1992
RADM William C. Donnell 19 June 1993
VADM Richard D. Herr   23 May 1997
RADM Edward J. Barrett   30 June 1998
RADM James C. Olson  14 July 2000**
RADM David W. Kunkel 13 May 2006
VADM Vivien S. Crea 26 June 2008
RADM Gary T. Blore 1 October 2009
VADM John P.Currier 14 July 2011
RADM John H. Korn 4 June 2014
ADM Charlie Ray 6 April 2015
RADM Melvin W. Bouboulis 22 April 2021

** Longest holding Ancient Albatross

Current Ancient Albatross
Rear Admiral Melvin W. Bouboulis

Thirteenth District Commander (D13)
U.S. Coast Guard

Rear Admiral Bouboulis serves as the Commander of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District headquartered in Seattle. He is responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the Pacific Northwest which encompasses the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana and includes more than 4,400 miles of coastline, 600 miles of inland waterways, and a 125 nautical mile international border with Canada.

Rear Admiral Bouboulis’ previous Flag Assignment was as the Director of Operational Logistics, in which he was responsible for the delivery of mission support logistics for Coast Guard steady state and contingency response operations and for planned events of national significance. Prior to that, he served as the Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics (CG-4) as the Coast Guard’s “Chief Engineer.”

Previous assignments include: Chief of Staff, Eighth Coast Guard District; Chief, Office of Aeronautical Engineering; Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico; Logistics Department Head, Air Station Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of Enlisted Personnel for Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi, TX; Aeronautical Engineer at the Aviation Training Center, Mobile, AL; HC-130 Hercules Product Line Manager at Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center, Elizabeth City, NC; Assistant Engineering Officer, Coast Guard Air Station North Bend, OR; Communications and Law Enforcement Officer, Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, LA; Flight Training, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL; and Operations and Deck Watch Officer, USCGC CONIFER, Long Beach, CA.

Rear Admiral Bouboulis flew as an operational pilot at all of his aviation field assignments and participated in the historic Hurricane Katrina response. He has qualified in the MH-65 Dolphin (A, B, and C models), MH-60 Jayhawk, and HC-130 Hercules aircraft, accruing over 4,000 total flight hours.

Rear Admiral Bouboulis graduated from the Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1987. He earned a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University in 2000, maintains a Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Program Manager Level II Certification, and holds private, commercial airplane, helicopter, and airline transport pilot licenses.

Rear Admiral Bouboulis is the longest serving Coast Guard Aviator, earning him the distinction as the Service’s 26th Ancient Albatross.

Rear Admiral Bouboulis is married to the former Mimi Mayeux. They have one son, Scott.

Enlisted Ancient Albatross Award

In ’88, the Enlisted Ancient Albatross Award was established to honor the Coast Guard enlisted aircrew member on active duty with the earliest graduation date from an aviation technical school.

The Ancient Albatross Enlisted Trophy is sponsored by Airbus Group and Sikorsky Aircraft

Enlisted Aircrew

ADCM J. T. Woltz 08 June 1990
MCPO-CG Eric A. Tren> 01  Dec 1995
SCPO Gary Butler 30 June 1998
AVTCM Douglas W. Farence 02 Nov 1999
AMTCM Bernard D. Irsik 14 July 2000
AMTCM Mark T. Bigart 24 April  2002
AMTCM Wiliam Beardsley 11 April 2003
SCPO Peter MacDougall 13 May 2006**
AETCM Michael F. Ferreira 8 August 2014
ASTCM Clay Hill 20 August 2015
MCPO Kit L Harris 14 July 2017
AMTCM Broderick W Johnson 24 May 2019
AETCM Jaime P. Young 22 April 2021

** Longest holding Ancient Albatross

Current Enlisted Ancient Albatross
AETCM Jaime P. Young

Training Quota Manager
Office of Aeronautical Engineering
United States Coast Guard

Master Chief Young assumed the responsibilities of Training Quota Manager for the Office of Aeronautical Engineering in June of 2018 and is and the Coast Guard’s 13th Enlisted Ancient Albatross. He was born in Portland, Oregon, and is the son of a Coast Guard Physician Assistant CWO4 (ret). He is a 1992 graduate of Novato High School, Novato, CA. He completed Coast Guard Basic Training in 1992 and graduated from the Coast Guard Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, NC in 1995.

Master Chief Young’s assignments include the Coast Guard Cutter Point Heyer (WPB 82369) in Morro Bay, CA, CGAS Sacramento on two occasions (for a total of 11 years), CGAS Kodiak, AK, ATC, Mobile, AL, Leading Chief Petty Officer at CGAS Detroit, and Rating Knowledge Manager at Aviation Technical Training Center Elizabeth City, NC.

Master Chief Young has over 4,000 hours of flight time on the HC-130H serving as a Flight Examiner, Tactical Systems Operator, and Navigator. He deployed to Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Curacao, Panama, Ecuador, Guam, and Puerto Rico, among other places. He flew more long range Search and Rescue, Counter Narcoterrorism, Fisheries Patrol, and National Security missions than he can count or remember.

Master Chief Young is a graduate of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Academy and the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. His personal awards include five Coast Guard Achievement Medals, nine Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals, the Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon and various other personal and unit awards.